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Saab to Define Future Options for SwAF Gripen C/D Fighters

The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has placed an order with Saab to define options to develop technology to meet Sweden's requirements for effective operation of Gripen C/D fighters until 2035.

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As a result of the future options contract, the Swedish Air Force will be able to take any directions depending on the future needs with the Gripen C/D fighters. This in turn will add more operational years and enhance the availability of Gripen C/D which is currently SwAF's backbone.

“Saab’s expertise in developing advanced fighter technology gives Sweden the means to decide how Gripen C/D remains a formidable frontline fighter in the 2030s.”

The Swedish Ministry announced in October last year that SwAF plans to retain Gripen C/D fighters beyond 2026. The plan comes under Sweden's recent decision to up the defence budget by 40%. As per a Janes report, four out of the six Gripen C/D squadrons will transition to Gripen E in future. The remaining two will be updated to meet the requirements of the Swedish Air Force over the next decade.

Work under the SEK185m contract will commence starting this December and will be carried out for a year.

Gripen C/D is currently operational in countries like Czech Republic, South Africa, Thailand and Hungary.

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